How to Make Coffee with a CafeSolo

Coffee expert Mike Phillips believes the CafeSolo provides one of the best cups of coffee you can make at home. Learn the tricks to brewing coffee using this simple machine.

Released on 3/24/2010

Credits

Starring: Mike Phillips

Transcript

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Hello, my name is Mike Phillips
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and I'm with Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea.
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Today, we're gonna show you how to brew a Cafe Solo.
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This is from a company, Eva Solo.
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It's a steeping coffee maker.
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Very similar to a French Press,
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but it's even more simple.
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This is one of the easiest ways to brew coffee
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with very little chance to mix the whole thing up.
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The Cafe Solo is two parts.
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You have this bottom glass carafe
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with the neoprene jacket that helps it
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keep up to temperature,
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and you have this top part.
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This is where the screen mesh is.
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This is what is gonna filter out the coffee grounds
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from what you pour in your cup.
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Has a lid right here
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that you can just leave tucked in
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'cause when you pour it,
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that lid is going to come open just a little bit
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to allow the coffee to slide out from underneath.
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I'm gonna add a little bit of water here.
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Gonna let that heat up the Cafe Solo
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while we weigh out and grind our coffee.
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You always wanna preheat your brewing device.
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This is not just gonna keep the coffee warm,
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but it's gonna help the extraction
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because you wanna have that
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consistent temperature for the coffee
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while it's brewing.
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Now, there's a bit of a golden rule for coffee.
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Put about two grams of coffee
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for every one ounce of water.
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It's gonna use a fairly coarse grind.
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This is gonna be about a French Press grind
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or maybe even a little bit coarser.
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Alright, we're ready to pour off the water
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that's been preheating the Cafe Solo.
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Alright.
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This is gonna be about a four minute extraction time.
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We're gonna have what's called a bloom occur
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right when we pour the coffee and water in together.
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We're gonna wanna let that sit for about 30 seconds,
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and then stir the whole thing up.
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So, you're gonna see,
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we have the water premeasured out
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so we can just pour this whole kettle in.
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I highly recommend premeasuring your water.
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Get all of that in there.
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As you can see,
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it rises up.
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That's what we call a bloom.
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That's where the
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coffee still has gas still in it
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from the roasting process
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and the hot water is pushing that gas out.
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Alright, so we've had the bloom occur,
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and what we wanna do now is zip this up
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and we're gonna give it a little swirl to incorporate
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all those grinds back in to the hot water.
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We're gonna put that top on there
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to keep the heat in,
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and we've got about three minutes left on this brew.
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(beeping)
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Alright.
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That's pretty much it.
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Four minutes of steeping
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and you have one of the best cups of coffee
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that you can make at home.
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Now, coffee is still in the bottom of this
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and in some minor way,
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it's still extracting,
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but you've got about a good eight minutes 10 minutes
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before you're really not gonna wanna drink it anymore.
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So, in that time frame,
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pour off a couple cups,
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and if you don't have enough cups to pour it off in,
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decant it in to some other vessel
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and you're good to go.
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So, there you have it.
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That is a Cafe Solo.
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Enjoy.
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